- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia’s jail system says an inmate suspected in three murders attacked a correctional officer and a nurse while attempting to escape a hospital where he had been taken for a medical procedure.

The Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1z0CgiM ) 20-year-old Justin Mackie is being charged with escape and other offenses in Sunday’s incident at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

A jail spokeswoman and the head of the correctional officers union tell the newspaper Mackie took his handcuffs off in a hospital bathroom and then head butted and beat the officer.

Correctional officers union president Lorenzo North says the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility inmate then attacked a nurse before hospital security tackled and restrained him.

It’s unclear how Mackie obtained a handcuff key.

He and the correctional officer remain hospitalized. The nurse has been released.


Information from: The Philadelphia Daily News, https://www.phillydailynews.com/

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